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True Domino Blooper #11: An admin by any other name would still delete

This Lotus administrator got into hot water when he decided to create a bogus user with the name AdminA. The bogus user ended up causing real problems when it deleted the entire administrator address book -- ACLs and all.


I was performing some testing and decided to create a dummy user called AdminA. I also had a group that admin used for all agent access and admin access. When I was finished, I decided to delete this user using AdminP. What I didn't know is that AdminA is also a group in the address book that contains all administrators and is in every ACL for every database. AdminP deleted the lot, the user was deleted and so was every instance of AdminA group!

I spent 12 hours running agents over the servers to add AdminA back in the ACL so administrators could perform their job.


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This was first published in July 2003

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